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Nov 12, 2012 8:00am EST
of america from the very biggest -- seizen, at&t -- to some of the very smallest. and what we try to do is really get together as a group, put together ideas so that we can really take care of our consumers in a better way. >> host: so when you talk about the small telephone companies, how many are there out here in the united states now? >> guest: there's thousands of telephone companies in the u.s. still, and so there's been plenty of consolidation, but there's still a lot of very small telephone companies. we have from verizon to small companies that are co-ops even involved in united states telephone association today. so still many different business issues as a part of that. we all try to work together to really solve common issues. that's what the whole purpose of the association is. >> host: and we want to get into some of those policy issues in just a minute, but first of all, what is windstream? >> guest: windstream is a wonderful company. i may be bias inside that review, but we're a mainly focused in rural america. we provide local telecom service, the triple play, if you wi
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2012 8:00pm EST
in that review, but we're mainly focused in rural america providing local tfn service, triple play, if you will, voice, broadband, very rural stretching from new mexico to upstate new york serving 3 million customers. we're in very rural markets. some in the state of texas, the average access lines per square mile are eight. that's eight households in a per square mile, different than an urban telephone company, and we've done a good job getting service to the customers. we're also a story of two businesses, and then we'll also focused on the enterprise segment where we sell to medium and small businesses, telecom services, cloud computing, to broadband to voice. >> host: who's your competitors and collaborators? >> guest: it's complicated; right? our friends are our competitors. we compete with the cable companies primarily. we compete with the wireless companies. those would be the principle competitors. >> host: do you ever collaborate with them? >> guest: all the time. today, i meet with at&t, verizon, other companies like them who we work together, and we compete against each other in ways
CSPAN
Nov 10, 2012 6:30pm EST
that right. we need to get more brond band into rural america. so i think we've got it right for the most part. the challenge has been as we look through those, those have pretty significant financial consequences to some of the companies involved and the idea that was these would be coins dent. that the reform would take place at the same time as vune versele funding and i think we're blind on the universal service funding side. we've got it right on brond band n. large part trying to make money available to carriers to broad band out to consumers who can't get it today but there's much work that needs to be done. and unfortunately it's going to be behind the intercarrier compensation piece. so that's what i would say we have to get right. the f.c.c. is working hard on it and i think we have to be committed to work hard and get this done fast. because one of the fundamental concernses about our members at united states telephone association we do it in a way we maintain the stability of our companies and have you to deal with both these complicated issues at the time. >> this reform is o
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
, with the right leadership america is about to come roaring back. .. >> host: joining us on by "communicators" this week before the election is mignon cyburn, who after chairman genachowski it was the senior democrat on the federal communications commission. commissioner mignon cyburn, we could start with you. what has your assessment then, reports are up 25% of cell phone towers have been knocked out and people are now using payphones because the service is not working. what is your assessment of the carriers and their ability to maintain phone service for people in the affected areas of sandy. >> guest: thank you to the both both of you for allowing me to be there for you today. my condolences go out to the families. there are many loved ones lost in this tragic event. my condolences go out to them, and of course, my hats off to those brave people who continue to answer the call. in terms of the engagement, as you know, the german literally spent the night at the agency. our public safety% of the same. we are definitely engaged in the process that we have been working firsthand went as far
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2012 8:00am EST
america in terms of rural america being all that it can be, in terms of attracting industry and the like, in terms of educating its people, in terms of, you know, educating as well as providing robust, much-needed health care to some of these areas where they might not have specialized care. and so this is so important because to me broadband connectivity, um, is a panacea for so many deficiencies in which we have in this nation, so many opportunities in which we could take advantage of. so broadband, broadband, broadband. we cannot talk about it enough in terms of connectivity. >> you mentioned incentive auctions. you recently gave a speech in which you, i believe, mentioned involuntary about 13 times. >> guest: yes. so you were counting apparently. [laughter] >> in exchange they'll get a share of auction revenues, and then that spectrum will go to wireless carriers. however, what happens -- do you have any concern that if enough broadcasters don't agree to give their spectrum up that there won't be enough spectrum and wireless carriers will go back to congress and say this should be ma
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